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Time to Play….. East Village or Dresden?

photo(184)And just like that, the Mary Help of Christians rectory is a goner. Workers continue to chip away at the old school building behind the church (over a year ago, The Local got one last look inside the creepy abandoned Catholic school) and the church itself is next.

Show us how you feel about this photo over on our Instagram. Update: We’ve got video for you below.
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Crackup at the Riots: 10 Laughs From the ’88 Tompkins Square Park Riot

clayton(1)A slew of East Villagers — including poet Bob Holman and Times writer Colin Moynihan — shuffled into Anthology Film Archives last night to watch Clayton Patterson’s 3.5 hours of footage of the Tompkins Square Police riot, on its 25th anniversary.
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Brooklyn Gets a New Fake Neighborhood; Heartbeet Juicery Opens

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Heartbeet Juicery, which we told you about a few weeks ago, opened yesterday. Juice for everyone! [B+B]

So apparently the neighborhood where Bushwick and Bed-Stuy meet is called “Bedwick.” Will the neighborhood naming madness never end? [Curbed]

A LES resident recently launched Get Off My Bike Lane, in which he documents his tumultuous daily commute to and from Chelsea. [Lo Down]

CVS is coming to East Houston in a big way. [Bowery Boogie]

First Russ & Daughters and now Katz’s is publishing a book. [Zagat]

WSJ did a feature on everyone’s favorite open-air theater experience: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot [WSJ]

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After 11 Years, Fuse Gallery Is Closing Behind Lit Lounge

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All good things must come to an end: Aliya Naumoff’s portrait of Kim and Thurston will be on display tomorrow.

Well, this bites.

Fuse Gallery, the little space behind Lit Lounge, is closing after more than a decade. Owner and curator Erik Foss just sent out the e-mail: the show that opens tomorrow — featuring Aliya Naumoff’s potraits of Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, and Karen O — will be Fuse’s last, and the East Village gallery will pack up after “Perceptions” closes on Sept. 11, of all days.
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No, Antler Isn’t a Taxidermy Bar — It’s a Beer and Wine Dispensary

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

(Photo: Anna Silman)

With its old speakers and homey dark wood, Antler is meant to evoke a ’70s music studio. Which makes sense: proprietors Scott Garry and James Hendrick put in their share of studio time as bandmates in Possum and the Panther.

“This really started with: let’s bring our backgrounds into a place,” explained Garry, who has been bartending in Manhattan for over 13 years. It doesn’t hurt that the decor compliments Hill and Dale’s homage to the radio, a few doors down.
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The 15 People You’ll Meet at Fringe Festival (Starting With Tom Cruise)

tomkatWith over 200 companies clamoring for attention at New York International Fringe Festival, it can be super tough to decide which of the 1,200+ performances to attend. But one thing’s for sure: gimmicks help a production stand out, and there’s no better gimmick (or “plot device,” if you prefer) than using a celebrity, dead author, or an Austrian shrink or two as your subject matter. Here now are 15 people who are serving as fodder for some of this year’s standout productions — from deities to Wilhelm Reich to a singing Sigmund Freud.
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Surrounded by Cassettes, The Birdman Asks ‘Who’s Going to Buy All That Yogurt?’

If you missed The Birdman when it was part of the LES* Film Festival (it ended up winning the fest’s Neighborhood Award), here’s your chance to watch it in its entirety. Filmmaker Jessie Auritt just put the short doc online, and you can now do what you’ve never gotten up the nerve to do IRL: venture into the Birdman’s quirky First Avenue shop, packed floor-to-ceiling with cassettes, CDs, and VHS tapes (it’s no surprise the proprietor refers to cell phones as “cellu-phones,” and doesn’t know how to use them).
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The Depreciation Guild Brought Back Its 8-Bit Shoegaze at Glasslands

(Photo: Kristin Knoll)

(Photo: Kristin Knoll)

“I can’t believe we’re here,” said Kurt Feldman on stage at Glasslands on Saturday. Considering the rapturous, slightly disbelieving response of the crowd, they couldn’t believe it, either. They’d gathered for what was billed as The Depreciation Guild’s first show in more than two and a half years.
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A Beer Born of a Brooklyn Brewmaster and Manhattan Spice Whisperer

Keg label courtesy of mybeerbuzz.comGarrett Oliver is the brewmaster who gave us bacon beer, so when Brooklyn Brewery releases a new limited-offer, draft-only concoction (as it does every three or four months) we get excited.

We like to imagine Oliver holed up in a windowless laboratory in Williamsburg, surrounded by spices from India and barley from Newfoundland, furiously scribbling chemical equations on a dry-erase board. But he got some help for this latest installment of the Brewmaster’s Reserve series. Cuvée La Boîte is a collaboration with Lior Lev Sercarz, the self-styled “spice whisperer” and proprietor of La Boîte Biscuits & Spices, in Hell’s Kitchen.
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There Was a Car Fire on the Williamsburg Bridge [Updated]

(Photo: Samantha Radocchia)

(Photo: Samantha Radocchia)

High drama on the Williamsburg Bridge this afternoon, as a car headed for Brooklyn caught fire shortly before 1:47 p.m.

The blaze, which shut down the east-bound lane, was extinguished by 2:39 p.m., but not before some folks on Twitter and Instagram got some pretty intense shots. It’s uncertain what caused the fire; no one was injured, the FDNY said.
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